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Need to permanently disable Wi-Fi, bluetooth and camera for work on a few work only devices. Can this be done through Terminal? I've tried ifconfig to disable Wi-Fi but it just enables automatically after a few seconds.

I don't need something that literally "permanently" disables Wi-Fi, bluetooth and the camera, just something that isn't very simple for an average user to enable. For instance, I deleted the Camera.apk. I know a user could technically add it back to /system but in order to do so they would need root access as well as know to mount /system as rw instead of ro.

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If the devices are rooted, then you can use Link2SD to "freeze" the apps, then you can unroot it afterwards so the apps are locked out. I haven't tried this yet for myself though. Just throwing out suggestions. –  Propeller Jul 12 '12 at 7:50
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The easiest way would be using a "profile switcher". As your demand is time-based, a good and easy choice would be Timeriffic (available for free and high rated). Here you could simply say: 24h/day disable these things.

An alternative would be ProfileScheduler, which also allows switching profiles by click (so you don't need to setup a schedule, just the profile).

Ah, btw: Needless to say that this does not require a rooted device ;)

Edit:

If your intention is to keep other people from tempering with certain apps, you might want to take a look at so-called "App Lockers" -- with which you can password-protect some/all your apps (including e.g. the play store app to keep them from installing something else). Here possible candidates include:

and many more.

And btw2: using an app locker, you can also protect the settings menu (to avoid easy changes to e.g. bluetooth status).

Edit2:

If the devices are rooted, you could even bring a "local firewall" into play: Use Droidwall to define which apps may access the internet (via mobile and/or WLAN separately), plus an App Locker to password-protect Droidwall. This way the apps themselves would be accessible (unless you lock them completely as well), but their access to the net would be handled separately (by Droidwall).

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The only problem with those apps is the user can just manually toggle the things we need to disable. I don't need something that literally "permanently" disables wifi, bt and the camera, just something that isn't very simple for an average user to enable. –  Slurms Mckenzie Jul 12 '12 at 9:20
    
Oh -- I missed that part. In this case, try an app locker... Will edit that into my answer. –  Izzy Jul 12 '12 at 9:27
    
I'll see if that route is sufficient. –  Slurms Mckenzie Jul 12 '12 at 10:19
    
OK. I just added a 3rd variant (available in case the devices are rooted) for even more flexibility. –  Izzy Jul 12 '12 at 10:41
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